[Anita Enander is the former owner of Arabian Horse World. This letter was mailed to various government officials in Poland.]
February 22, 2016
I am writing to ask that you reconsider the termination of Anna Stojanowska, Jerzy Białobok, and Marek Trela from their positions and return them to positions where their expertise may continue to serve Poland and the Polish Arabian horse.
My comments derive from my years as owner of the most widely read Arabian horse publication internationally, Arabian Horse World. I have attended multiple Polish Nationals and sales, made several visits to each of the state studs, and seen Polish Arabians as they achieved worldwide success at top international shows in Europe, the Middle East, and the US.
During visits to Poland I have spoken with the citizens of your country who come to the National shows and the various studs Open Days. These people do not own Arabian horses, but they take immense pride in the Polish Arabian horse and in the fact that people come from all over the world – from as far as the USA and Australia – to see “their” horses. There is no country in the West where native-bred horses are so woven into the fabric of the culture.
The horses beloved by these Polish citizens represent the continuity of a breeding program reclaimed from the ashes of war more than 70 years ago by a small group of experts who devoted their lives to the Arabian horse. Such expertise and devotion have continued through the dedication of Mrs. Stojanowska and Directors Białobok and Trela. You will certainly hear from many others regarding the thorough and professional manner by which each of them developed their expertise and contributed to having Polish Arabians reach the highest echelons in international breeding. I echo those high opinions.
Breeding Arabian horses at the highest international level which Poland has achieved is extremely difficult. To lose the expertise and experience of these three exceptional people would be a terrible blow to Poland and the Polish Arabian horse.
It would not be like a fire, flood or earthquake, where the loss is seen immediately. Rather, it would initiate a long and insidious decline: breedings not done, others that should not have been done, poor selection of stock to retain for the future. The adverse impacts will carry forward through generations and over decades. These are effects that can never be reversed.
If the dismissal of these three experts is prelude to your disbanding of the State stud system for Arabian horses – something the entire international community abhors – the devastation would be unrecoverable. Poland remains as an exemplar of how an independent, state-managed stud can walk the line between market influence and a responsibility to the long-term interests of the breed. No private stud in the world has done so.
No stud in the world matches what you have achieved in Poland.
I plead with you, on behalf of people around the world who revere and respect the unique Polish Arabian horse: retain the expertise and commitment of these three people who have brought your horses to the pinnacle of international recognition and who care deeply about their future, both for the honor of Poland and the respect of the world.
Anita K. Enander
Former owner (retired), Arabian Horse World